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F. N. Monjo Collection

Summary Information
Title: F. N. Monjo Papers
Dates: 1970-1980
Creator: Monjo, F. N.
Extent: 2.1 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1001
Abstract:
F. N. Monjo's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books. The collection contains production material for 14 titles published between 1970-1980. Production materials include corrected holographs and typescripts, front matter, corrected proofs, notes, research material, and photocopies of illustrations. The collection also contains reviews for some of his books, and correspondence.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Arrangement

Correspondence from 1972-1977,

Gettysburg: Tad Lincoln's Story, 1976

Grand Papa and Ellen Aroon: Being an Account of Some of the Happy Times Spent Together by Thomas Jefferson and His Favorite Granddaughter, 1974

House on Stink Alley, The: A Story About Pilgrims in Holland, 1977

Jezebel Wolf, The, 1971

King George's Head Was Made of Lead, 1974

Letters to Horseface: Being the Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Journey to Italy, 1769-1770, When He Was a Boy of Fourteen, 1975

Namesake for Nathan, A: Being an Account of Captain Nathan Hale by His Twelve-Year-Old Sister, Joanna, 1977

Pirates in Panama, 1970

Porcelain, Pagoda, The, 1976

Prisoners of the Scrambling Dragon, 1980

Rudi and the Distelfink, 1972

Slater's Mill, 1972

Willie Jasper's Golden Eagle: Being an Account of the Great Steamboat Race Between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee, 1976

Zenas and trhe Shaving Mill, 1976


Biographical Sketch

F. N. (Ferdinand Nicolas) Monjo was born August 28, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Columbia University in 1946 and worked as an editor and later assistant director and vice president and editorial director in Books for Boys and Girls at several major publishing companies. In 1968 he published his first book for children, Indian Summer , the story of a frontier woman's struggle to save her family. During the 1970s Monjo published many other works of historical fiction, most written from a child's point of view, in an effort to humanize our forefathers. Critics praised his writing style for making the child's voice authentically his own, and also lauded his attention to detail and historical fact. Critics also praised his writing style for giving children a fresh and appealing look at any number of otherwise overworked periods of history, and called him one of the best in the writing of easy-reading history books. Monjo received several honors for his books. He died on October 9, 1978. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 16 Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed. pp. 689-690


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for 14 titles, and includes corrected holographs, corrected typescripts, including photocopy and/or carbon typescripts, front matter, corrected galley, page, and jacket proofs, photocopied page proofs, notes, research material including clippings and pamphlets, and photocopies of illustrations. The collection also contains reviews for some of his books, and correspondence, mostly between Monjo and his editors and publishers.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Monjo, F. N.
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Correspondence from 1972-1977  
Note  : ,
Box MF589 folder 1
correspondence (13 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
 
Gettysburg: Tad Lincoln's Story 1976 
Note  : , 1976
Box MF589 folder 1
holograph, corrected (34 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
Box MF589 folder 2
typescript, corrected photocopy, with 3 pp. front matter (18 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
Box MF589 folder 3
typescript, corrected photocopy, with 2 pp. front matter (17 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
 
correspondence with publisher (3 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
Box MF1260 folder 4
typescript, corrected (20 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 4
Box MF1260 folder 5
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 5
Box MF1260 folders 5-10
typescript, corrected photocopy (267 p.)  Box MF1260 folders 5-10
Box MF1260 folder 11
photocopies of illustrations (34 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 11
 
galley proof, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 11
Box MF1260 folder 12
page proof, photocopy (42 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 12
Box MF1260 folder 13
jacket proof, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 13
 
flap copy, corrected (13 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 13
 
typescript, miscellaneous photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 13
 
reviews (30 p.)  Box MF1260 folder 13
 
Grand Papa and Ellen Aroon: Being an Account of Some of the Happy Times Spent Together by Thomas Jefferson and His Favorite Granddaughter 1974 
Note  : , 1974
Box MF589 folders 1-2
holograph, corrected (85 p.)  Box MF589 folders 1-2
Box MF589 folder 3
typescript, corrected, with front matter (56 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
 
correspondence with publisher (2 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
 
reviews (1 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
 
House on Stink Alley, The: A Story About Pilgrims in Holland 1977 
Note  : , 1977
Box MF589 folder 1
holograph, corrected (33 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
Box MF589 folder 2
typescript, corrected, with front matter (29 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter and notes (27 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
Box MF589 folder 3
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (26 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (27 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
Box MF589 folder 4
correspondence with publisher (1 p.)  Box MF589 folder 4
 
notes, holograph (28 p.)  Box MF589 folder 4
 
Jezebel Wolf, The 1971 
Note  : , 1971
Box MF589 folder 1
holograph, corrected (31 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
Box MF589 folder 2
typescript, corrected, with front matter (32 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
King George's Head Was Made of Lead 1974 
Note  : , 1974
Box MF589 folder 1
holograph (17 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon, with front matter (25 p.)  Box MF589 folder 1
Box MF589 folder 2
galley proof, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
page proof, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
correspondence with publisher (1 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
correspondence (3 p.)  Box MF589 folder 2
 
Letters to Horseface: Being the Story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Journey to Italy, 1769-1770, When He Was a Boy of Fourteen 1975 
Note  : , 1975
Box MF589 folders 1-2
holograph (79 p.)  Box MF589 folders 1-2
Box MF589 folder 3
typescript, corrected, with front matter (48 p.)  Box MF589 folder 3
Box MF589 folder 4
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (62 p.)  Box MF589 folder 4
 
correspondence with publisher (1 p.)  Box MF589 folder 4
 
Namesake for Nathan, A: Being an Account of Captain Nathan Hale by His Twelve-Year-Old Sister, Joanna 1977 
Note  : , 1977
Box MF590 folders 103
holograph, corrected, with front matter (141 p.)  Box MF590 folders 103
Box MF590 folder 4
typescript, corrected, with front matter (79 p.)  Box MF590 folder 4
Box MF590 folders 5-6
holograph notes (73 p.)  Box MF590 folders 5-6
Box MF590 folder 6
research material, clippings (3 p.)  Box MF590 folder 6
 
research material, pamphlet (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 6
 
Pirates in Panama 1970 
Note  : , 1970
Box MF590 folder 1
holograph, corrected (17 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
 
bibliography for title (2 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
 
research material (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
 
Porcelain, Pagoda, The 1976 
Note  : , 1976
Box MC591 folders 1-4
holograph, corrected (170 p.)  Box MC591 folders 1-4
Box MC591 folders 5-8
typescript, corrected, with front matter (210 p.)  Box MC591 folders 5-8
Box MC591
typescript, carbon, with front matter (21 p.)  Box MC591
Box MC591 folders 109-13
typescript, corrected carbon, part photocopy, with front matter (180 p.)  Box MC591 folders 109-13
Box MC591 folder 14
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (23 p.)  Box MC591 folder 14
Box MC591 folders 15-18
typescript, corrected, with front matter and photocopies of illustrations (199 p.)  Box MC591 folders 15-18
Box MC591 folder 1940
typescript, corrected, with front matter (23 p.)  Box MC591 folder 1940
Box MC591 folder 19
correspondence with publisher, including typescript revisions (40 p.)  Box MC591 folder 19
Box MC591 folder 20
notes, holograph (20 p.)  Box MC591 folder 20
Box MF591 folder 20
holograph, summary of title by Monjo (5 p.)  Box MF591 folder 20
 
typescript, carbon (4 p.)  Box MF591 folder 20
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box MF591 folder 20
 
research material, clippings (14 p.)  Box MF591 folder 20
 
research material, pamphlets (2 p.)  Box MF591 folder 20
 
Prisoners of the Scrambling Dragon 1980 
Note  : , 1980
Box MF590 folder 1
holograph, corrected (34 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
Box MF590 folder 2
typescript, carbon, with front matter (44 p.)  Box MF590 folder 2
Box MF590 folder 3
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (45 p.)  Box MF590 folder 3
Box MF590 folder 4
typescript, photocopy, with front matter (44 p.)  Box MF590 folder 4
 
correspondence with publisher (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 4
 
Rudi and the Distelfink 1972 
Note  : , 1972
Box MF590 folder 1
holograph, corrected (20 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
Box MF590 folder 2
typescript, corrected, with front matter (26 p.)  Box MF590 folder 2
Box MF590 folder 3
typescript, corrected photocopy, with front matter (27 p.)  Box MF590 folder 3
Box MF590 folder 4
typescript, corrected photocopy (31 p.)  Box MF590 folder 4
 
galley proof, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF590 folder 4
Box MF590 folder 5
correspondence (4 p.)  Box MF590 folder 5
 
journal promotion (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 5
 
jacket dummy (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 5
 
reproduction pasteup (1 p.)  Box MF590 folder 5
 
reviews (31 p.)  Box MF590 folder 5
 
Slater's Mill 1972 
Note  : , 1972
Box MF590 folders 1-2
holograph, partial corrected typescript, and photocopy (99 p.)  Box MF590 folders 1-2
Box MF590 folder 3
typescript, corrected, with front matter (44 p.)  Box MF590 folder 3
 
Willie Jasper's Golden Eagle: Being an Account of the Great Steamboat Race Between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee 1976 
Note  : , 1976
Box MF590 folder 1
holograph, corrected (46 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
Box MF590 folder 2
typescript, corrected, with front matter (53 p.)  Box MF590 folder 2
 
Zenas and trhe Shaving Mill 1976 
Note  : , 1976
Box MC590 folder 1
holograph (27 p.)  Box MC590 folder 1
Box MF590 folder 1
typescript, corrected, with front matter (24 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1
 
correspondence--memos (2 p.)  Box MF590 folder 1